Dead strips, bat belt, Carbonese. What do all of these strange words have in common? They are slang words invented to describe different aspects of diabetes, its symptoms, and the tools and techniques used to treat it.
In the quiz below, you’ll be given a variety of odd-sounding words and asked to match them to the proper definition. Think you speak fluent Diabetes? There’s only one way to find out.
One more thing: don’t worry if you don’t get them all right! It’s quite possible that you do speak the language of diabetes but that your particular dialect is different than the ones these words come from! If there’s one thing we know about slang, it’s that it’s different everywhere you go!
Have you heard any of these terms before? Do you use them? Where did you learn them? We’d love to learn more about where these terms originated and in what parts of the world they’re used, so feel free to share your experiences with them in the comments.
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Elizabeth Nelson is a wordsmith, an alumna of Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, a four-leaf-clover finder, and a grammar connoisseur. She has lived in west Michigan since age four but loves to travel to new (and old) places. In her free time, she. . . wait, what’s free time?